Professional sports players are notorious for promiscuity and infidelity. But NFL Player and Super Bowl-winning tight end Ben Utecht was able to keep himself pure for his fiance during a two year engagement that was mostly long-distance. Pretty amazing, right?
Utecht credits God's Word and a wedding band trick for his success, reports the Christian Post. "I wore a wedding band throughout that entire time and I wanted to do my best to make sure that my intentions were always front and center," Utecht shared. "I think that was very important and that protected me. I was also just being careful about the environment that I wanted to put myself into, especially while my fiancé was in Minnesota."
"I just figured that I had gotten her a ring and that obviously told people that she was engaged," he explained. "After talking with her about it, I just said, 'You know what, I know it's not typical, but I would like to have something like that as well so that it just kind of lets anybody else know that this guy is taken.' I thought it was something that gave me a lot of peace and gave her peace as well."
When asked how other athletes facing temptation could avoid it, Utecht replied, "Most importantly, you've got to be in the Word," Utecht said. "Obviously, this analogy has been used quite a bit in sports but the Bible is really God's playbook for our lives. That's where you really begin to know Jesus better and that is when you are spending time in the Word. That may have an effect on your heart and gives you the wisdom and the opportunity to make good choices, according to your faith."
Utecht played for the Colts and he Bengals, but has suffered so many head injuries that he is now retired and writing a memoir to his wife and four girls. He is already losing memories because of his injuries and he wants his family to know the man that might not remember them when he is older and suffering from early dementia. His love for them is beautiful and we pray he has many more good years!